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Bryan Keith Thomas's Art Honors Black Southern Culture And Spirituality

Dec 15, 2020

Artist Bryan Keith Thomas pays homage to Black Southern culture and Black ancestry in his work. In this interview, he talks about the spiritual meaning behind his art.

"Part of my work is to go get my folks. I'm going to get you and I'm going to liberate you. I'm going to free you forever."

Thomas grew up in Dyersburg, Tenn. The small town had a great influence on him as an artist. Thomas’ art has been featured around the country and abroad — including in U.S. embassies. Former First Lady Laura Bush recognized his work. 

Thomas lives in Oakland and teaches at the California College of the Arts. Currently, his art is on display at the de Young Museum’s Open exhibit in San Francisco. Since the museum is closed due to COVID, see Bryan Keith Thomas’ piece “Black Roots” virtually. Check out more of Thomas’ work on Instagram.

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